8 things I wish I’d known about the Orthodox Church

I make lists. Some days just the act of sitting down and writing out the list feels like an accomplishment. I used to try to keep track of these things on my phone, in fact I have at least three apps plus the notepad and the calendar to keep my stuff together so to speak. It works, for a little while at least. But there’s nothing like the piece of actual paper…

Day 1: Rules

It’s not cheating to post an excerpt of my book for this first post of the Advent blogging challenge. It’s not. That being said, I promise I won’t just post excerpts of the book every day for 30 (or 40) days. I will actually wring new words from my overworked brain for you, my lovely readers. 😉 This bit of Nearly Orthodox comes from a chapter called, “Just Add Water” and while…

Day Thirteen: Eucharist

Eu·cha·rist Origin late Middle English: from Old French eucariste, based on ecclesiastical Greek eukharistia ‘thanksgiving,’ from Greek eukharistos ‘grateful,’ from eu ‘well’ + kharizesthai‘offer graciously’ (from kharis ‘grace’). I could toss around the word, “transubstantiation” all day long. The word clung to me for years as I wandered from my Catholic upbringing. I can remember key historical dates, some stories of the Saints, major doctrines of the church and the idea of…